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Location

Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Client

Vanderburgh County Commissioners

This 2.7-mile-long bicycle/pedestrian trail links the campus of the University of Southern Indiana (USI) with Burdette Park, which the County owns. The trail provides alternative transportation options to USI students and faculty as well as adding to the recreational opportunities at Burdette Park. This rural area of rolling hills is beautiful for a hike or ride but provides unique challenges for design and construction.

USI-trail-view2Lochmueller Group (Lochgroup) initially conducted a corridor feasibility study to investigate, define, and evaluate various alignments for the proposed trail. Design parameters for the final alignment were based on key criteria that included site inspection, federal bicycle path and ADA-compliance standards, topographical constraints, safety, land use, lessening environmental impacts and permitting issues, and aesthetics. Final design included extensive use of retaining walls to limit the width of the trail, to meet ADA criteria, and to preserve and protect woodland and natural areas.

Lochgroup also provided final design for the trail, which has been designated as a National Recreation Trail.

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